Complex Emotions for Tottenham vs Manchester City

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EPL Title Will Come Down to Final Day

Both Manchester City and Premier League leaders Arsenal won over the weekend, which means the EPL title will come down to the final day on Sunday. Manchester City, who have a game in hand, can take over the reins on Tuesday by defeating Tottenham, who are known to typically play their best against City. However, there will be conflicting emotions on Tuesday for Spurs, as they know drawing or winning will help the title chances of their biggest rivals, Arsenal.

Still, Tottenham are in a Champions League race of their own, unless Aston Villa defeat Liverpool on Monday. We’ll take a look a lot at Spurs’ chances to help out their rivals in our Tottenham vs City preview.

Tottenham vs Manchester City

Records: Tottenham Hotspur (19-6-11), Manchester City (26-7-3)
Date, Time:
Location: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
Stream: USA Network

Tottenham vs City Head-to-Head

Manchester City have struggled more against Tottenham than just about any other team during Pep Guardiola’s tenure. Still, Tottenham vs City previews note that the Cityzens are 9-3-7 versus the Spurs since Guardiola arrived in 2016. Manchester City are also unbeaten in two matches against Tottenham this season.

Most recently, City went to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for an FA Cup fourth round matchup in January and Nathan Ake scored the game’s only goal for City. On this season’s Premier League schedule, these sides drew 3-3 in a thrilling encounter at the Etihad. Notably, Tottenham have only lost one of the last five EPL matchups.

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Tottenham Still in Champions League Race

Tottenham put their four-game losing streak to a halt by condemning Burnley to relegation on Saturday. Jacob Bruun Larsen gave the visitors hope by scoring the first goal of the match. However, Burnley’s lead only lasted seven minutes as Tottenham right back Pedro Porro sent a near post rifle in. After the halftime break, both teams struggled to find a winner but it eventually came from another unlikely source. Tottenham center back Micky van de Ven put in a finish more characteristic of a striker as Spurs won 2-1. They’re still in fifth place in the Premier League table, four points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa as both teams have two matches to play.

Even if Spurs miss out on the top four this season, they have made strides under Ange Postecoglou. They have their definitive style and Postecoglou has stamped his ideas on his players. If they pick up just one point from their final two matches, they’ll finish in fifth place and qualify for the Europa League. Since Harry Kane’s departure, this has been Son Heung-min’s team and he’s certainly produced this season.

The South Korean international has scored 17 times and provided nine assists this season. After a difficult first season in London, Richarlison has also come through with 11 goals of his own and actually leads the team in goals per 90 minutes. Spurs are dealing with some injury problems as all of Ben Davies, Destiny Udogie, Ryan Sessegnon, Timo Werner and Manor Solomon could miss this one.

Man City Two Wins Away From History

A look at the Manchester City standings shows they’ve had another excellent season. They’re in second place, one point behind Arsenal, who have played one more game than City. Josko Gvardiol scored twice in Man City’s dominant 4-0 win over Fulham on Saturday. It was City’s seventh Premier League win in a row and they haven’t lost since December. Man City are just two wins away from an unprecedented fourth-straight Premier League title win.

While Manchester City’s big Norwegian striker didn’t score on Saturday, and had a bad miss, he’s still picked his form up lately. Erling Haaland’s stats show he’s scored seven times in his last five EPL games. He also leads the league, with 25 goals and is well on his way to his second straight Golden Boot. Kevin De Bruyne missed the first few months due to an injury but he’s proving why he’s one of the greatest midfielders in EPL history.

He has four goal contributions in City’s last four matches and it’s no surprise they haven’t lost a match since he returned in January. Phil Foden has also been superb and City have the luxury of counting on a bunch of different players for offensive contributions. Left winger Jack Grealish missed Saturday’s match due to an illness but he should be in contention on Saturday.

Tottenham vs City Match Analysis & Odds

Our Tottenham vs City preview notes that even a draw (+475) could be disastrous for Manchester City. It would put City level on points with Arsenal with one game to play and Arsenal’s goal difference is three goals better than City’s at the moment. So, Guardiola’s side will be going all out for the win here and there’s even a contingent of Tottenham fans rooting for City so Arsenal don’t win the title.

Still, expect Postecoglou to want to win this match just as much as any other game. Tottenham are +500 home underdogs vs. City, though. Bettors should note Manchester City haven’t won an EPL match on the road at Tottenham since 2019 but the stakes have never been higher.

City are -245 favorites, which is no surprise given the form they’re in. When Rodri plays, City haven’t lost in 90 minutes in any of their last 71 games, which is one of the more unbelievable stats out there. Bettors can take Spurs +1.5 at -120 odds, while Man City -1.5 sits at even odds. City have won their last three games by a four-goal margin and have been on fire as of late. Both over and under 3.5, 4 goals are priced at -110 in a must-win match for the visitors.


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